From the start the garden has been run on democratic principles by an annually elected management committee of up to eleven trustees, most of whom should be active plot-holders, under an elected chair. Vital to our success is the employment of paid Garden-Workers. They require a raft of talents, particularly in gardening, administration, computer competence, skills with people and fund-raising. Much valuable work is also done by members, friends, volunteers and trustees.
Who is on the Committee?
Currently its members are:
- Dorothy Boswell (Secretary)
- Nikki Burkes
- Caroline Foley
- Pauline Lord
- Jack Mallinson (Chair)
- Stephen Mullin (Treasurer)
- Margaret Pitt (Chief fund-raiser)
- Shakir Razak
What does the Committee do?
Culpeper Community Garden’s Committee meets every two months with the Grade-Workers in attendance reporting on events of the previous weeks. This committee receives a financial report and decides what needs to be done.
Who can be on the committee?
Any garden member is eligible. The constitution states that a majority of the trustees should be plot-holders, to ensure that we represent the interests of garden members properly.
You must be recommended by two other garden-members. One will “propose” you and the other will “second” you in writing. After this members will vote for you at the AGM
What’s in it for me?
You get to make decisions about how Culpeper is run, and can thus support this fantastic garden and the vital community work it does. You can develop your management skills, and work alongside a groups of experienced committed trustees.
What is a Trustee, and what are the responsibilities?
A trustee is a more formal word for a committee member. Trustees make key decisions about Culpeper and are ultimately responsible for it. Culpeper is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which limits trustee liability. Our registered Charity number is 291156.
Ideally Trustees should commit to attending at least five meetings per year. Meetings take place every two months, usually on Wednesday evenings, between 7 and 9pm. Every year committee members resign at the AGM and a new committee is elected by the members present.
What happens at Committee meetings?
We start by looking at the record of previous meetings (the minutes) to check it is accurate, and that we have done what agreed to do. We then go through a list of discussion points (the agenda0 which include finances, fund-raising, the Garden-workers; reports and any day-to-day problems which need sorting out.
What happens if no one volunteers to be on the committee?
With no one to manage it the garden would close. It needs to be maintained, bills have to be paid, and plots have to be properly looked after.